New 6th grade campuses for Travis and Bowie

Published: Jun. 24, 2015 at 2:01 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2015 at 12:29 PM CDT
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Amarillo, TX - In just two months, 6th graders from Travis and Bowie middle schools will have a place of their own--away from 7th and 8th graders.
"I think the staff and the incoming students are excited for the change. We're really thankful for the opportunity that the community has given us," said Principal for the new 6th grade school for Travis, Brandy Self. 

Construction started a year ago after an approved school bond election in 2013. Both schools say overcrowding was one of the main reasons for the new campuses. Self says another big reason for the change is to help new 6th graders feel more comfortable in a bigger environment.

"6th grade students have different social needs, instruction needs, and emotional needs and the transition into secondary is hard," said Self.

The school came up with idea after seeing Horace Mann split their 6th grade campus to Johnny Allen.

"They showed great success with their kids and AISD realize that it would be something really good for the Travis and Bowie students as well," said Self.

Travis's new 6th grade building will come with a bigger cafeteria, gym, and band room. Self says several parents have jumped on board with the idea.

"They're very excited, we've shared our curriculum and our ideas with parents. We've gotten ideas from them as well and started parent committees that will be starting when school starts, so we really feel like it's a community project," said Self.

Together, Travis and Bowie cost about $28.6 million to build and furnish. Both campuses are expected to be open on August 25th.